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Keith Rogers, chief operating Officer of Milwaukee Academy of Science, was looking for a home computer when he recalled a series of email messages he'd received at work from a CDI sales representative about recertified machines. He visited CDI's site and, while he ultimately decided to buy his personal computer somewhere else, he found himself pleasantly surprised by CDI's prices.

AMX SchoolView helped Joe Squiers see the light on energy savings. Or, to be more accurate, the dark.

Can a company be sleek and efficient and still have the neighborly feel of "The Andy Griffith Show"?

David Deweese thinks so; in fact, that's how he describes CDI, which began providing recertified computers to his South Carolina district three years ago.

Misty Freeman's district in Farmington, Mo., began purchasing refurbished computers from CDI six months before she was named technology director. She remembered feeling some trepidation about that decision.

"What are we going to do, buy all these used computers and have to work on them all the time?" she recalled thinking. She also wondered if the units themselves would look worn and scratched.


Kathy Bellew, technology director for a rural school district in Hillsboro, Missouri, was intrigued about refurbished computers but not ready to buy. So when equipment offers from a CDI sales representative kept popping up in her email inbox, did she get annoyed? Not exactly.


Leszek Biurkowski thinks CDI is such a good company that he joined it twice.


As a customer service rep, Trevor Livingstone's job is to fulfill any request from clients

When a client requests something from CDI, it's up to customer service representatives such as Trevor Livingstone to deliver — no questions asked.


Dear reader,

In past issues of TechSavers, we've talked about the many products and services offered by CDI, the education market's leading supplier of certified refurbished computers.


Budget constraints make CDI recertified computers a smart choice, but some pinched school districts are looking for easier payment terms, too. Naipaul Sheosankar, CDI's director of nance, makes sure they don't have to look far.


Fred Hastings oversees CDI 's $8 million inventory of recertified computers, but his duties don't stop at the warehouse door. If a school district wants a specific model that's not on hand, he'll send workers out and track the units down.


If you're shopping for a new computer, what do you look for? A unit that's reliable, that can handle all your software applications and that is backed by an iron-clad warranty.


Darin Hostetter is the technology coordinator for Marshall Community Schools in Marshall, Ill.


Most people wouldn't buy a used car without a test drive. CDI can give you the same peace of mind when it comes to recertified computers.